It doesn't surprise me that society approves of abortion, as we are a death-embracing culture ("One step forward," Jan 17). What bothers me is the division on abortion within the church. I was raised in a mainline Protestant denomination and have a friend who is a pastor in that denomination. He and his wife are fiercely pro-abortion. And, in fact, the denomination's headquarters will pay for abortion for women who work in the national office, with money sent to them by local congregations. It is disheartening to have leadership within the church calling black white, and white black. The battle over abortion for Christians begins in the church. - Marc C. Johnson, M.D., Pueblo, Colo.
Deal with the devil
The five men you mention as pro-life turncoats have made a literal deal with the devil. Unfortunately, they not only sold out their own souls but our religious freedom as well. When Clinton said that we should not be funding abortions with tax money because so many people believe that abortion is wrong, he was showing a knowledge of Jefferson's concept that to tax a man in opposition to his conscience is tyranny. I used to wonder if our public officials were acquainted with such historical documents as Jefferson's "Bill for Religious Freedom" or Madison's "Memorial and Remonstrance." Now I know they are but choose to ignore them or to pay only selective attention to them. - Lawrence Andrade, BAZE23A@prodigy.com
Bad choice of words
WORLD's writers used erroneous biologic terminology. In two places, your writers speak of the "fertilized egg implanting." This definitely helps the pro-abortion movement, for they can caustically decry protecting "fertilized eggs" as something not yet human. The fertilized egg, or zygote, exists for only 24 hours. After cell division, this is properly called one of a series of technical names, but quite accurately also "an embryo." After free-floating for seven days, this living human embryo implants in the nutrient lining of the womb. Fertilized eggs don't implant. Let's please speak of living human embryos implanting, not the erroneous biologic phrase, "fertilized egg implanting." - J.C. Willke, M.D., Cincinnati, Ohio
Until now I have enjoyed WORLD. But I am very much pro-choice and when I saw your Jan. 17 issue, entirely devoted to anti-abortion extremism, I decided it was time to cancel my subscription. I object to people like you who paint the picture as totally dark when you dedicate a whole issue to it. When you go to such extremes, you lose stature. - Arthur Palmer, Lima, Ohio
The differing views of contraception between Roman Catholics and evangelicals can no longer be swept under the rug. As a Reformed evangelical Christian I am ashamed of the Protestant church's refusal to take a stand on contraception since the beginning. Now that the debate centers around whether or not the pill is an abortifacient, can we not see that our standard in deciding about all forms of contraception should have been the Word of God, not the ever-changing opinions about when life begins? - Virginia Swarr Youmans Sergio Youmans, Bon Aqua, Tenn.
No to vouchers
Joel Belz argues in "Trustbusters" (Jan. 17) that state involvement in private education through voucher programs is a necessary concession to "gain a larger strategic advantage" in the war against government-run schools. On the contrary, rather than bringing an end to government schools, vouchers and similar programs that leave the state writing the checks will undermine private education. Very few private schools, Christian or otherwise, have the will or the resources to refuse the addictive power of state-supported tuition in the form of vouchers. - Darren Cofer, Minnetonka, Minn.
I am disappointed that Joel Belz accepts hook, line, and sinker the voucher proponents' idea that "vouchers will collapse the public-school monopoly." Don't bet on it, Joel. I certainly don't want to sacrifice the future of my children waiting for the most powerful lobby group in the country to turn from a snarling tiger to a pampered pet curled up on the couch, purring. - Lynn Barrett, Goldston, N.C.